The Queen will climb at least 39 steps before opening a new Peebles museum. The John Buchan museum, which the Queen opens on Wednesday honour's Lord Tweedsmuir, Peeble's best known literary son. Later, but without returning via Waverley or taking tea at Marmions in Melrose, the royal party will move on to Sir Walter Scott's former home Abbotsford near Galashiels which has undergone a multi-million pound restoration.
As I photographed Abbotsford from the opposite side of the River Tweed this mum and her eight ducklings swam past. (Click on Either image to enlarge)